I'm a 47 year old writer, amateur photographer and amateur dad living in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
Richard Dawkins Has Been Cancelled...Again
Richard Dawkins is, indeed, a polarizing figure. He is hated by many theists and even atheists. He has been called arrogant, mean, and rude. But, when it comes to evolutionary biology, he is one of the best out there at being able to lay out his arguments and evidence in a way that the average person can easily understand and appreciate. He is also a leader when it comes to atheism and challenging religious dogma and has inspired many atheists to come out of the closet, as it were.
Digital Blackface? Really?
The thing about anti-racists is that some on the more extreme end of thinking are always looking for brand new ways to figure out how to accuse non-racist people of somehow being racist. Some of them just seem to like "Gotcha!" moments and moving goalposts in order to trap more and more people.
Lil Nas X and the Great Purification
So, the popular rapper that the kids all seem to love, Lil Nas X, has gone and pissed off religious fundamentalists and social conservatives with the video for his new song "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)".
And the Award for the Best Anti-Racism Anthem Goes to...
Anti-racism is all the rage these days, and, you know, for good reason. Racism is, without a doubt, bad. And, you know what helps in the fight against racism? Art! Music! Writing! Poetry! It's a powerful way to get messages across to the masses.
The Most Absurd of the "Not All Men, But..." Analogies
Sigh. "Not All Men". It shouldn't be controversial to say that. It really shouldn't. Nothing is ever all one group. So, how did we get to the point where saying that "Not All Men" is a bad thing?? We have. Whenever the subject of, say, gendered violence comes up, there is a flurry of negativity around men. Then, when men say, "Hey, not ALL men"...well, the conversation just starts heading south.
Why Isn't Anyone Listening to the Atlanta Murderer?
On Tuesday, March 16, Robert Aaron Long attacked women at three spa/massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia, killing eight people. Six of those killed were Asian women. This sparked outrage, fear and controversy, especially in the Asian-American community. It has come at a time when violence and harassment towards Asian in the US appears to be quite high. And therefore, this is being addressed as an anti-Asian hate crime by seemingly everyone.
Are Women Safe Walking Alone At Night?
Sarah Everard, a woman who was walking alone at night in London, UK, was found murdered, allegedly at the hands of a police officer. It's a gruesome and disturbing case that has a whole lot of people rightly upset, and has reignited a discussion about the safety of women in our societies.
Why Everyone is Wrong About Jordan Peterson
How on earth did Jordan Peterson get to be such a controversial figure? How did he even become famous, for that matter? It seems that he is constantly in my social media news feeds, and the extreme polarization that comes with the guy boggles my mind.